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  • Writer's pictureDr. Jeremy Will, D.C.

Top Tips for Concussion Recovery

Suffering from a concussion is a challenging experience that requires proper care and attention for a full recovery. While rest and professional supervision are crucial, many individuals are unaware of the potential benefits that chiropractic care can provide during the healing process. Check out our tips for concussion recovery.

 

1. Seek Early Evaluation and Treatment

After experiencing a concussion, it is essential to seek attention promptly. A healthcare professional can evaluate your symptoms, perform necessary tests, screen for more threatening problems, and develop an individualized treatment plan.

             

2. Allow Sufficient Rest and Recovery Time

Rest is crucial for allowing the brain to heal after a concussion. It is essential to follow the guidance of your healthcare provider and give yourself ample time to recover. This includes avoiding heavy physical and mental activities that may exacerbate symptoms, such as prolonged screen time, reading, or studying.

 

3. Optimize Nutrition and Hydration

Proper nutrition and hydration play a vital role in supporting the healing process. Ensure you consume a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and other essential nutrients that promote brain health. Additionally, staying hydrated can aid in reducing inflammation and supporting overall recovery.

 

4. Manage Symptoms with Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care may assist during concussion recovery. Gentle chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapies, and other specialized techniques may help alleviate headaches, neck pain, dizziness, and other related symptoms.

 

Recovering from a concussion requires patience, proper care, and a comprehensive approach. These tips can support healing, alleviate symptoms, and promote overall well-being. For more information on concussion recovery, check out this infographic or call our office.


 

What Factors Influence Concussion Recovery


The most common question I receive when treating an athlete that has suffered a concussion is when they can return to sports. A simple answer is very hard to give due to the fact that every concussion is different. The number one concern we have is trying to protect an athlete from second impact syndrome which is when someone suffers a second concussion in close timing to the first, which often can result from much lower force than the first injury.


Many factors go into determining return to play, but the key features that can delay recovery are: 1) prolonged headaches, 2) continued feeling of fatigue/fogginess, 3) previous concussion, 4) prolonged loss of consciousness, and 5) duration of symptoms (lasting longer than 10 days). Most guidelines recommend that a concussion should be given at least 21 days prior to return to full sport participation to better evaluate how well someone has recovered from their first injury.


The other key to recovery from concussions is understanding that recovery is not a passive act. The research is very adamant about getting people that have suffered a concussion up and moving. Easy aerobic exercise performed daily has shown to improve recovery times better than prolonged rest or sleep. Along with aerobic exercise, chiropractic care can be very beneficial in reducing many of the additional symptoms that present with a concussion as well as monitoring symptoms for recovery.

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